The average Child Care Leader in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $10.93 per hour. While just over a half report receiving no health benefits, slightly more than half do receive medical coverage, and close to one-third have dental, as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up the vast majority of Child Care Leaders (84 percent) who answered the questionnaire. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$13,289 - $59,598
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MEDIAN: $29,492
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$8.42 - $16.62
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$13,289 - $59,598  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $979  
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$17,542 - $36,248  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 10
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.42 - $16.62  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.91  
Overtime
$11.24 - $23.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $979  
   
Total Pay (?
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$17,542 - $36,248  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 93

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Job Description for Child Care Leader

A child care leader works at a child care center and coordinates the daily operations of the center. The child care center may be an after-school program for younger children or a day care center for infants and toddlers. The child care leader will make sure that administrative duties are carried out and that the children are well taken care of.

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Child Care Leader Tasks

  • Teach and monitor groups of children, ensure their safety, enforce rules, and resolve conflicts.
  • Prepare for daily activities before children's arrival, clean and organize the room at the end of the day.
  • Make sure health and safety regulations are met, including participating in emergency drills and filling out injury reports.
  • Engage in regular communications with parents regarding their children and school curriculum.

Common Career Paths for Child Care Leader


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Child Care Leaders might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Director of Child Care, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $32K per year. The most common career progression for Child Care Leaders leads to becoming a Preschool Teacher, where average pay is $25K annually. However, many Child Care Leaders also opt to become Daycare Teachers. Typically, a Daycare Teacher brings home $21K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Child Care Leader

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $23K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $23K on average. On average, Child Care Leaders make $25K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $24K by contrast.

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Key Stats for Child Care Leader

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
044
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Child Care Leader Salaries

Experienced
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National Average
$24,000

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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 45%
dental benefits
Dental: 34%
vision benefits
Vision: 28%
dental benefits
None: 53%
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